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Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 11-06-2017, 10:37 AM  
For Sale: Rokinon 20mm f1.8, Pentax FA 35mm f2, Tokina AT-X Pro AF 28-70mm f2.8 + More!!
Posted By texandrews
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I am thinking about that 35.....
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-06-2017, 10:35 AM  
trying to find a good but not too expensive hand strap for my k-1
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 16
Views: 597
Peak Design for me. It's a modular system, so switching from handstrap to "grip strap" to neckstrap is very easy and quick.
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-01-2017, 09:47 AM  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 497
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I got one about 2 months ago, to use on my K1 as a UWA solution for shooting alongside my 645Z for museum installation documentation purposes---mostly interiors. From what I can see, it's a very good lens from a distortion standpoint (other than the expected stretching one expects at the edges---square paintings become rectangles, for instance...).
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-30-2017, 07:15 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 11,125
Views: 1,803,173
"Handheld pano with A*300 f4"

I have that lens. Remind me not to get into a bar fight with you....

VAT. Hmmmm. It is off-putting. OTOH, you do have decent base line health care and public transportation...and other infrastructure that's not totally falling apart.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-30-2017, 06:59 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 11,125
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The 28-45 is quite a "walk around lens"! Better have a really good camera strap! The 45-85 is about the limit of walk-around for me, size/weight-wise....and I have to admit I haven't been using mine much lately. At first it was nearly glued to the camera, but I have been using my primes a lot more recently. Part of that was noticing that so many shots I took wound up being in the 55-ish range, so that's the lens that's now glued on, sometimes swapped with the 35. I don't miss the weight or bulk of the 45-85....
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-28-2017, 07:22 AM  
645z color rendering I need help
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 21
Views: 983
The Color Checker generated file looks "hot" across the board to me---very saturated in all ways.
Forum: Sold Items 10-26-2017, 06:43 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC FA 645 150mm f/2.8
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 1
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Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 10-23-2017, 03:17 PM  
Anyone know anything about K1 connectivity to Thetas?
Posted By texandrews
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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-23-2017, 06:20 AM  
35mm HD
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 13
Views: 814
Me, too. I might even spring for the full retail of such a lens if it was really good, eliminated some of its distortion, and similar in size/weight to the current one. Would love to see the 45 revisited as well.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-21-2017, 03:45 PM  
Pentax K-1 wiping the floor with Nikon D810, D850.
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 77
Views: 6,951
Interesting to hear. Have not yet done any PS with my K1, and look forward to this fall. Since I've been shooting it side/by/side--under my 645Z I haven't felt like I needed to (given what I was using it for), but that is changing now, so I'm going to be doing some experiments. I hear this frequently. What *precisely* do you mean by it? And I'm not trying to start an argument, just interested in specifics, from your point of view. HINT: sheer numbers of lenses isn't arguable, obviously Nikon has that.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-16-2017, 12:59 PM  
"Upgrading" decision, Pentax 645Z or Nikon D850(810)
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 60
Views: 4,704
So, obviously the Pentax 645 system has proved entirely suitable for you so far, and when you add a Z, and several more lenses (and they can be affordable ones, such as the ones you mention...) you will be delighted to see how truly amazing it can be.

FWIW, for my artwork of course the system is fantastic, but now also for my professional work for my museum I am finding the system works brilliantly. The only downside for me has been the expense (and size/weight) of the 28-45, and the expense and scarcity of the discontinued 25. For UWA, therefore, I have now a K1 as a backup camera, with a UWA zoom (older Sigma) and now a new Irix 15---really and excellent lens for interiors and architecture (the art is always in some sort of architectural setting which can't be ignored...). This is actually working out splendidly, and was an eminently affordable alternative.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-11-2017, 12:58 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 11,125
Views: 1,803,173
Well done, on the fly. On the duck, as well ;-} An excellent choice after shooting a bunch of vegan food, tasty though it probably was.
I am now doing a lot of professional work "on the fly", museum installation photography, prior to complete installation, and time compressed. It's harder than it looks. So kudos to you.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-07-2017, 11:34 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
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The more of your photography I see, the more I respect it. That image rewards long looking. Seemingly not much there, like an Agnes Martin....
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-05-2017, 12:48 PM  
K1 vs 645z & Cost
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 33
Views: 3,149
I didn't mind the ergonomics of the Fuji, although I am still happy to pay the size/weight penalty to get the ergonomics, weatherproofing and robustness (proved to me in a fall) of the Z. As far as EVF's go, I'm not against them: there are times when they can be great. I don't like the Fuji's, however---I'm one of those bothered by its flicker. And the OVF of the Z is pretty awesome, so it's a bit of an unfair comparison---it's an adjustment when I pick up my K1 which has a nice OVF.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-30-2017, 11:00 AM  
shutter vibration and shake reduction
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 69
Views: 3,697
As has maybe been mentioned, other cameras have had this issue---my "old" A7R rather famously. I truly do think that part of the problem overall is that as these camera get better and better in this format (FF), we are bound to see more problems that we just couldn't/didn't see before. This is true of deep DOF, for instance: what used to be "acceptable" sharpness can now be seen to be not so acceptable. This isn't precisely your issue, but I do think it's in the background.

When I think back closely, i now remember that as I jumped up in formats back in film days, from 35 up to 6x9cm and 4x5in, I had to be a lot more careful. I'm thinking a lot of this is happening again, but now within the same format. I know that in a number of my "down and dirty" on the fly installation shots, they are basically fine for what they need to be. Close examination reveals problems, but by close I mean 1:1, and these images will never be viewed that way after I process them. They are in fact better than what end users actually need.

Yes. But I never understood the K1 to be a quick camera, rather a more deliberate one. I practically never miss a shot (because of speed), but that's because I am not shooting anything that needs it, really, so am shooting in the camera's operational sweet spot, if you will. Based on my discussions with the Pentax reps before the K1 was released, I never got the impression from them that they were going up against Canon or Nikon with it for action oriented photography.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-29-2017, 01:08 PM  
645z Shutter sometimes does not fire
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 9
Views: 544
Dave, also try contacts cleaning, body and lens. If you've already done that, try again. I have read that this can be a weirdly difficult problems on other cameras. Wouldn't surprise me if Pentax was not immune.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-29-2017, 11:39 AM  
shutter vibration and shake reduction
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 69
Views: 3,697
FWIW, I think Gitzo is incredibly overpriced, and I dislike their heads---have to use one at work and find it really annoying. Besides weight, CF also dampens vibration (I think wood does as well---there's a company still making wood tripods....). I like my Feisol legs, and have seen others (Sirui, Giottos, Induros, etc) that seem just fine.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-26-2017, 01:30 PM  
Pentax K-1 wiping the floor with Nikon D810, D850.
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 77
Views: 6,951
Hmmm....I don't deny that many of these cameras have a clinical look, but I'm not having much difficulty with that in my artwork....Are you talking about OOC jpg's? My experience with raw files is that they are so easy to manipulate in all ways today that I can get any look I want. Certainly we are not having problems with color at my museum....
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-19-2017, 01:57 PM  
Alternative choice for Ricoh Image Sync App - Pentax Photo Sync
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 128
Views: 7,809
Thank you. I also await Android version.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-18-2017, 01:17 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 11,125
Views: 1,803,173
Whoa, Forbidden Planet, or early Star Trek episode! Been to Mono, never thought of it like this.....
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-17-2017, 10:10 AM  
If The K-1 Didn't Exist...
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 108
Views: 5,938
My question as well in 2017. Prior to the Sony A900/A850 cameras, pretty much all FF cameras were "eye watering-ly" expensive (see below) due to sensor manufacturing costs. Now there has been a radical shift downwards in price.
Well, the birders seem to love crop cameras. Generally, smaller tele lenses can be used---so, that 150 in Oly is a 300. Now, we know that's not exactly "true", because cropping a FF image down serves the same purpose, but....you can manufacture a smaller lens for field use----Oly has done it, so have others. So, I think there is a place for crop frame cameras. Certainly I am not complaining about my crop frame 645Z ;-}

---------- Post added 09-17-17 at 01:16 PM ----------

Agree completely. And, in those cases where efforts have been made to make the size reduction significant, the controls spacing gets cramped pretty quick. I know, as a former NEX7, A7R and A850 owner, and current 645Z and K1 owner. The Z is the most comfortable of all of these in terms of controls spacing (not weight...)





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My 35mm LX, APS-C K-10 and the FF K-1 are all equivalent cameras, and all fall into the same size and weight bracket IMHO. The weight of my shoulder bag is really dominated by how many extra lenses and stuff that I carry with me at a time.



Yes.

---------- Post added 09-17-17 at 01:28 PM ----------

Well, the beloved LX would cost around $1,200/$1,300 usd in 2017 dollars, so maybe not so "eye watering" ? Some of those expensive bells an whistles are ones I find excellent features, well worth the extra money, and I think some are hitchhikers along for the ride that don't actually add much cost to the camera. Considering the price difference between an inflation adjusted LX and its feature set, and then a K1 and its feature set, I think the roughly $500usd upcharge is a whopping bargain! Really, the K1 is the best value proposition camera out there, given its specs. As far as the weight is concerned, you point out y0urself what really makes a difference in one's bag....
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-15-2017, 12:54 PM  
Picking out FF K mount landscape lenses
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 42
Views: 2,638
Yes. At least the distortion bit. Rokinon has complex distortion. It is reputedly sharper, but probably not by much. BTW, the heavier, all metal version is also weather sealed, of interest to landscape shooters, no? I am not knocking Rokinon/Samyang/Bower----I've had their lenses and they are quite good. The Irix is on another level, though. Has a user adjustable infinity adjustment screw as well.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-10-2017, 07:55 AM  
shutter vibration and shake reduction
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 69
Views: 3,697
Marking this thread to watch. Thanks to the posters so far.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-10-2017, 07:48 AM  
Ultra-wide prime for full frame
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 35
Views: 3,286
Just got the Irix 15. Very pleased so far, build quality of the Blackstone version is excellent. Simple, low and easy to correct distortion---so, just what I needed for interiors and my museum installation documentation work. Seeing no CA or other problems as of yet. Sharpness seems fine. Occasionally a challenge to focus, to be expected with a manual lens this wide. Nice DOF indicators and a hyperfocal marker, plus a user adjustable infinity adjustment on the lens, very nice touch. Chunky, but compact, rather like the K1.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-09-2017, 07:38 AM  
645Z customization
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 6
Views: 588
I was in the Exhibits department as an employee doing art handling and installations. Now I'm a contractor for them for the Kusama tour---off to Seattle and LA momentarily until the 19th of October---overseeing the de-installs and installs, some photography. Now I'm also doing photography for the museum, documentation, odd projects, and starting repro under the staff photographer. Just finishing up my first total photo contract documenting the Yoko Ono pieces from this summer. When I get back let's connect. I've got lenses you'll probably want to try, and a K1 for comparison if you don't already have one (you should....).
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